Associate Pastor for Worship & Adult Discipleship

Date Posted: March 13, 2023
Hours Per Week: 40
Vienna Presbyterian Church
Vienna, VA, USA
Job Type: Associate Pastor
Other Details

The primary goal of this position is to work collaboratively with the Lead Pastor to develop meaningful, creative worship experiences in both Traditional and Contemporary settings, including special services throughout the year; to initiate and oversee the development of comprehensive, relevant discipleship ministry for adults through various formats.

Major Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities; Essential Functions

  1. Worship Planning
    • Work with the Lead Pastor to develop worship opportunities over the course of the year.
    • Work with the Lead Pastor and Session to assess the timeliness of worship and make recommendations as needed.
    • Create opportunities for special worship services beyond Sunday mornings.
    • Lead the Worship Planning team.
    • Ensure that bulletin drafts are accurate before publication.
    • Provide oversight to all music ministries.
    • Oversee and manage the team responsible for all logistics that support worship, including communion preparation, sanctuary décor, ushers, etc.
    • Oversee and manage recruitment and training of all lay worship support teams including: communion preparation, ushers, and liturgists.
    • Directly supervise the Traditional Worship Director and the Contemporary Worship Director.
  2. Preaching and Leadership:
    • As a key part of the pastoral team, share in the implementation of the church’s mission.
    • Be a vital part of calling people to faith, equipping adults for discipleship, and providing ministry that meets people where they are, sustaining them in their faith journeys, and preparing them for ministry in the world.
    • Participate in worship leadership as liturgist and preacher.
    • Lead additional worship services, weddings, and funerals, as needed.
    • Work collaboratively with all pastoral staff.
    • Lead, supervise, equip, and encourage all direct reports and others in the worship and adult discipleship department.
  3. Discipleship of Adults
    • Establish an overall direction for the discipleship of adults that supports the mission of the church, meets the emergent needs of the congregation and community, and encourages all adults to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and develop vibrant lives of faith.
    • Supervise and collaborate with the Life Group & Education Director to provide meaningful adult discipleship opportunities.
    • Provide baptism counseling to adults expressing interest in baptism.
    • Teach classes and/or lead groups that foster discipleship and leadership development in order to equip and encourage lay leaders who will then go on to lead classes of their own.
    • Provide digital and other content that can help to disciple and encourage those who are not interested in a Life Group or class or who are out of the area and cannot participate in-person.
    • Serve as the lead teacher and primary resource for either the Men’s Ministry or the Women’s Ministry.
    • Seek out and vet all curriculum for adults to ensure that it is a faithful representation of the Gospel and adheres to the basic tenets of the Reformed tradition.


  • Is a fully devoted follower of Christ in all facets of life and ministry.
  • Possesses a contagious and authentic joy for the work of God at VPC and in the world.
  • Affirms the mission and values of VPC and is willing to be guided by them.
  • Has a shepherd’s temperament; a servant-leader heart.
  • Possesses a strong Biblical foundation for teaching.
  • Has experience teaching and preaching the Word of God in accessible ways to a diverse population of believers and seekers.
  • Has the ability to encourage spiritual growth in people at all stages of their faith journey.
  • Has experience in developing, implementing, and leading creative, engaging, and Reformed worship.
  • (Strongly preferred) Has experience and education in music ministry.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Is dependable, organized, and detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task with flexible responsiveness to changing ministry challenges.
  • Has the ability to work collaboratively with significant numbers of people, including paid VPC staff, fellow pastors, and volunteers across the range of VPC’s ministries.
  • Has a Master of Divinity degree; ordination (or eligible to be ordained) in the PC(USA).
  • Has computer proficiency; technical and media skills.

Working Conditions
The working conditions of the Associate Pastor for Worship & Adult Discipleship are those of a normal office environment: the physical demands are those necessary to successfully perform the major tasks, duties, responsibilities, and essential functions of the position as outlined in the previous paragraphs. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential.


How To Apply

Please send your cover letter and personal information form (PIF) in one email to the contacts listed below:

PNC: William H Carter Jr – [email protected]

EP: Rev John Molina-Moore – [email protected]

COM: Rev. Mary Austin – [email protected]